AKA: Barksdale, Julian and Marajane, House, Cedar Park, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Pries, Lionel H., Architect (firm); Lionel Henry Pries (architect)

Dates: constructed 1949-1950

13226 42nd Avenue NE
Cedar Park, Seattle, WA 98125-4627

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Historic Seattle held a house tour of the Barksdale House on Sunday, 08/25/2013. Historic Seattle circulated an email detailing the Barksdale House's history: "University of Washington Geology Professor Julian Barksdale and wife Marajane, an art teacher in the Seattle schools, acquired their Cedar Park property in Northeast Seattle in the mid 1930s. During World War II, while serving in the Pacific, Julian Barksdale met UW architecture graduate A. Quincy Jones, who recommended Barksdale speak to Professor Lionel H. ("Spike") Pries about the property. In 1948-49 Pries designed a complete make-over that transformed the existing cottage on the site into an extraordinary early example of Northwest regional Modern architecture. Construction was completed, and the Barksdales moved in by fall 1950. In 1954, Pries designed a small addition that was completed the next year. Because the house remained in the ownership of the Barksdale family until 2006, it is almost completely unchanged since 1955. Since 2006, the new owners have worked to preserve the house and have secured its designation as a Seattle Landmark. With its siting, views to Lake Washington, use of natural materials and indoor-outdoor spatial relationships, the Barksdale house is a notable work of the early postwar phase of regional Modern architecture as well as an exemplary project of Lionel Pries. It’s also a perfect place to enjoy summer time overlooking Lake Washington in Seattle." (See Historic Seattle,Accessed 08/21/2013.) Julian and Marajane Barksdale lived for many years in the house with their son, Tucker. This house was subsequently owned by the noted University of Washington architectural historian, Jeffrey Ochsner and his wife, Sandra Perkins.

The Barksdale House had its Controls and Incentives Hearing before the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board on 11/16/2011.

UW Architecture Professor Lionel "Spike" Pries (1897-1968) remodeled and enlarged an existing vacation cottage for the Barksdales in 1948-1950. Pries also designed an addition to contain a master bedroom in 1954-1955.

Seattle Historic Landmark: ID n/a

PCAD id: 8758